Here are a few pictures of the new Sidekick 4G that T-Mobile USA and Samsung are unveiling Tuesday. Black and magenta models will go on sale this spring, at a price the companies will disclose later.
It still has the flip-up screen and five-row keyboard, and now has a 3.5-inch touchscreen display.
The Sidekick no longer has the Danger software inside. Instead it’s running Google’s Android operating system (version 2.2), with a few special applications.
They include “Sidekick Group Text” — for starting and managing reply-all group text conversations and “social planning” — and “Cloud Text” for texting friends or groups across platforms and from PCs as well as Sidekicks.
Preloaded on the devices are Twitter, Facebook and “Media Room,” a media player, radio and store.
A front-facing camera can be used for video chat with the Qik application. Inside, the device has a 1 gigahertz A8 Hummingbird processor. Using T-Mobile’s upgraded HSPA+ network, it has a theoretical peak download speed of 21 megabits per second.